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News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.

November 19, 2013 - 6:34am

 

The recently appointed head of Saudi Arabia-based luxury charter firm Saudia Private Aviation (SPA) said Middle East charter demand growth stood at 8 percent this year, exceeding the worldwide industry figure, but behind Russia, India and the Asia Pacific region.

Faisal G. Kayal, managing director of SPA, said the region is witnessing “strong economic growth.” Kayal replaced Wajdi Al Idrissi, the former head of the company, in May.

November 19, 2013 - 4:13am

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based jet charter company, announced yesterday a decision to completely renew its fleet by 2020. The company has been exploring options with various OEMs for the past 12 months, but is expected to remain a key Boeing Business Jet customer.

November 16, 2013 - 3:30pm
Gainjet’s Boeing 737-400 features 68 executive seats, but the company is already planning further upgrades to include a bedroom and bathroom, as well as auxiliary fuel tanks and cabin connectivity and entertainment systems.

Charter operator Gainjet (Stand 2306) recently expanded its fleet with the addition of a 68-seat VIP-configured Boeing 737-400. The Greece-based group has made a specialty of operating former Boeing airliners, with two other 737s already in service (one with 48 seats and the other with 60 seats). The fleet also includes a very spacious 62-seat 757-200.

November 12, 2013 - 2:20pm

In what the organizers claim is a first, an aircraft–in this case a chartered Dassault Falcon 900B carrying 12 photographers and amateur astronomers on November 3–was used to intercept an extremely short total solar eclipse with a “perpendicular crossing” of the eclipse path. While aircraft have previously been used to capture solar eclipses, they flew with the eclipse path and waited for the shadow to catch up with the airplane.

November 12, 2013 - 1:58pm

Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation will open a Dubai branch of its aviation charter business in January in the Free Zone at Dubai World Central/Al Maktoum International Airport. Vertis aims to capitalize on the development of business aviation at the airport and build a broader customer network within the countries that form the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The office will be run by Catherine Buchanan, who will be responsible for managing the development of the charter brokerage and strengthening the Vertis brand in the region.

November 12, 2013 - 1:40pm

Hong Kong-based Asian Sky Group introduced new “signature” charter brokerage services, promising clients red-carpet treatment from beginning to end. This service will include 24-hour client support, five-star catering, flight planning, ground transportation and “other essential services” for customers. Through a portfolio of “highly reputable operators” around the globe, Asian Sky Group plans to offer customers access to midsize through large-cabin business jets “at competitive prices.”

November 7, 2013 - 3:25pm

Sky Limo Air Charter of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced receiving FAA approval on Monday to place an ex-Avantair Piaggio Avanti (N306MS) on its Part 135 charter certificate, as well as the successful completion of the first charter flight with the aircraft yesterday. N306MS is one of five Avantis repossessed by Avantair creditor Midsouth Services before the Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional company entered bankruptcy.

November 7, 2013 - 3:15pm

With the exception of the light jets sector in Europe, demand for private and executive charter flights is holding up fairly well, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. Demand for midsize and large-cabin jets in Europe on November 4 was, respectively, 42 and 74 points above where it had been a month earlier, based on Avinode’s forward-looking demand index, which projects anticipated demand for the next 30 days. Light jet demand was 70 points down over the same period.

November 3, 2013 - 1:00am

EmptyLegMarket has added two new capabilities to its online clearinghouse for charter flights with empty seats that are available to generate revenue. The first, an Apple iOS app that allows users to bid on a price for potential empty legs, went live in early August. The newest EmptyLegMarket feature is integration of its scheduling software with other charter scheduling systems.

November 2, 2013 - 3:10am

ExecuJet Europe has plans to launch commercial helicopter charter operations from the company’s London Cambridge FBO later this year, the company announced at Helitech in September. ExecuJet Europe expects to receive a helicopter air operator certificate (AOC) from the UK Civil Aviation Authority next month.

It will not operate its own helicopters but rather use those it has under management contracts. The company’s managed fleet already includes two Eurocopter EC155s based at Cambridge Airport, with another two contracts in the final stages of negotiation.

 
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